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Cavani did not tear calf muscle, confirm Uruguay

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Soccer Football - World Cup - Group A - Uruguay vs Russia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 25, 2018 Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their third goal with Diego Godin. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

MOSCOW (AFP) – Edinson Cavani has not suffered a calf muscle tear, Uruguay said, increasing the chances that he could play in the World Cup quarter-finals against France.

A statement said Cavani’s fitness would be assessed on a daily basis ahead of Friday’s last-eight clash in Nizhny Novgorod.

“A scan was performed on the player Edinson Cavani confirming swelling but no muscle tear,” reads the statement.

The PSG striker limped off holding his right calf in the second half of the last-16 clash against Portugal on Saturday, after scoring two superb goals in a 2-1 win.

He had said he hoped the injury was “nothing” but the scan gives Uruguay real hope that he can play at least some part in the eagerly awaited clash.

Cavani forms a fearsome striking partnership with Luis Suarez. He has scored three goals at this World Cup.

He is recuperating with the rest of the squad at their training camp in Bor. On Monday, Rodrigo Bentancur said Cavani was in good spirits.

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